Small Australian Town Bans Water Bottles

In an attempt to rid their town of plastic bottle waste and cut carbon emissions, MSNBC reports that residents in the town of Bundanoon, about two hours south of Sydney, Australia, have voted to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.

Even small business owners agree with the decision. One man in Bundanoon nets about $1,600 a year from the sale of water bottles, yet still supports banning the water bottles.


Located about two hours south of Sydney, Bundanoon has a population of about 2,035. Photo:

PET is the most common form of plastic found in water bottle packaging. The idea behind reduction of PET use goes as follows: Because PET is made from fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas, if more towns, cities or countries reduced their water bottle demand, fossil fuel energy consumption could be reduced.

The town has ideas to offer reusable water bottles to customers for about the same price as disposable ones, as well as charge a small amount for people to fill up their reusable water bottle with purified water at local businesses.

However, not everyone is happy about the decision, including the bottled water industry representatives who wanted to set up a bottling plant in Bundanoon. Fearing the loss of consumer choice and profits, industry representatives assert that research is always being conducted to see how plastic water bottle waste can be reduced.

One notable example is the Eco-Shape bottle offered by Arrowhead, which uses 30 percent less plastic and is easier to crush in recycling centers than the older bottle designs.

As for Bundanoon, the ban stands, making this small Australian town the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

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